I’ve known the Wilson family before they were the Wilson family. Erin was the older sister of a friend in high school and fellow CFD Dandy and state FFA officer. Fred was an agriculture education teacher when I interned with the Wyoming FFA in college. And they were one of the first to say “welcome to the neighborhood” when we moved back to Eastern Wyoming. So it was a pleasure to be asked to take their family photos.
What an evening! Their boys had me in stitches the entire time. Wyokiddo had to tag along, and their daughter was kind enough to play with her between photos and entertain her when I couldn’t. It was fun to photograph their family and see the MANY different personalities come out. What struck me most, however, was the sheer love between them. This is a family that sticks together, backs each other up and looks out for one another.
Fred, Erin and the whole crew have seen their share of difficulties in the last few years. Things that would rock any family to its core and send lesser folk running for the hills. But they aren’t bitter. They don’t whine. They don’t complain or moan “why us?” They rely on their faith, their family and a level of grace I can only hope to achieve someday.
I pray for this beautiful family daily. May 2017 be their year to soar.